SEA Games: PH duo settle for silver in men’s tennis

first_imgHotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lyceum completes first round sweep with Mapua rout Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) “It’s too bad, they got ahead in the tiebreak and we couldn’t shake it,” said Alcantara, the 2009 Australian Open juniors doubles champ.The Thais zoomed to 4-0 in the super tiebreak. The Philippines tried to catch up with some power baseline drives but there was no stopping the Thai twins, who have now won four men’s doubles titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“At this level there’s no easy points. We had to be solid in serves and returns. It was very close which was already good at this level,” added Alcantara.Anna Clarice Patrimonio, meanwhile, hopes to end the country’s gold medal drought in women’s singles when she takes on Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand in the finals Saturday. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees KUALA LUMPU—Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales dropped a tough three-set decision to the defending champions from Thailand to settle for silver in the Southeast Asian Games tennis men’s doubles Friday.The Filipino pair took the fight to twins Sonchai and Sanchai Ratiwatana before yielding a 6-4, 2-6, 10-7 decision in the final at Jalan Duta Tennis Complex.ADVERTISEMENT View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal The 23-year old Patrimonio is looking to become the first FIlipino SEA Games singles champ since Maricris Fernandez in 1999.“I will do everything that I can to win, said Patrimonio, who is the daughter of former PBA four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio.Clarice defeated fourth-seed Ka Andrea Daray of Cambodia, 6-0, 6-3, in the semifinal round to advance to her first gold-medal match in her career.Kumkhum, the No. 1 ranked, defeated Tan Li Yan Stefani of Singapore, 6-0, 6-0, in the other semifinals. The Thai has career-best ranking of 85th in the world in singles and won gold in doubles in 2014 Incheon Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu What’s in store for your animal sign this yearlast_img read more

BRAC-Liberia Step up fight against Ebola in Liberia

first_imgAs Liberia continues to step up its Ebola containment strategy since the deadly disease was imported from Guinea to Lofa, BRAC- Liberia, a Microfinance Company last Friday, September 26, joined in supporting the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) eradication effort by donating a huge quantity of assorted food items and disinfectant materials valued at L$56, 8650 to the newly constructed Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit.Kolubah Zazay, Acting Country Representative of BRAC-Liberia, who presented the items, said the donation was part of his company’s social responsibility in the area of health for the benefit of Liberians. “We see the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a threat to the collective health and socio-economy of the country. We therefore reiterate our commitment to partner with other stakeholders to stem the tide of Ebola,” Mr. Zazay lamented.Mr. Zazay further promised that the company will work tirelessly in partnership with other stakeholders to ensure that the dreaded disease is contained and stopped from spreading throughout the country.“We have a very strategic ongoing approach to support the work of Ebola in Liberia and hopefully by next week we will be going to Bong County and other communities to make more donations to affected Ebola patients as well as health workers,” he added.Responding, Dr. Atai Omoruto, a Uganda Medical Director and WHO consultant on Ebola case management at Island Clinic, lauded the effort of BRAC and described the contribution as invaluable in the concerted efforts at containing the disease.“This donation will definitely assist in dealing with this emergency. It is important to acknowledge the fact that Liberia has done a very good in responding to the Ebola fight,” Dr. Omoruto added.The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa continues to evolve in alarming ways, with hard-hit countries-Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone-struggling to control the outbreak against a backdrop of compromised health systems, deficits in capacity, and rampant fear.The hard-hit countries are experiencing a phenomenon never before seen in any previous Ebola outbreak due to the fact that as soon as a new Ebola treatment facility is opened, it immediately fills to overflowing with patients, pointing to a large but previously invisible caseload, according Dr. Omoruto.Of all Ebola-affected countries, Liberia has the highest cumulative number of reported cases and deaths, amounting, on 8 September, to nearly two thousand cases and more than one thousand deaths, Dr. Omoruto concluded.BRAC-Liberia is a development focused organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their lives.  BRAC achieves large scale, rapid change by working with individuals, families, communities and institutions to overcome poverty.The organization’s approach is comprehensive – with financial services, capacity building and livelihood development as well as health, education and social justice – enabling them to realize their potential.BRAC launched operations in Liberia in 2008, incorporated BRAC Microfinance Company in January 2009 and disbursed the first loans by June of the same year.The items donated by BRAC-Liberia includes 50 mattresses, 100 bags of 25kg rice, 20 (10L) gallons of Argo-oil, 10 cartoons of chloride, 20 cartoons of alcohol and 50 cartoons of medicated Soap. Others items included 40 cartoons of Juices, 10 cartoons of Dettol, 100 sacs of mineral water and 10 sacs of toilet tissue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SBP condemns violent attack on referees during game in Olongapo

first_imgNew Mexico Little League park plagued by hypodermic needles Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments MANILA, Philippines—The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on Tuesday condemned the violent attack on two referees during a basketball game in Olongapo City last Saturday.The SBP issued a statement and urged Filipinos to play basketball the right away and respect the game at all times.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The incident was caught on video which has gone viral on social media.In the video, a man was seen running after and attacking one referee, who ran out of the court and was left bloodied on the street.The SBP also said its regional director for Region 3 Gil Cortez has made his way to Olongapo City to work hand in hand with local authorities and “extend assistance to the referees concerned.”“We trust that there will be no repetition of this ugly incident and we call on the basketball community to simply play and support the game according to its merits at all times.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “It is most unfortunate that two basketball referees were violently attacked by a player and a supporter in a game at Olongapo City on May 18, 2019,” SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said in a statement.“The SBP condemns such act of violence which definitely has no place in basketball and in sports, especially against game officials. The referees are the unsung heroes of any sport, for without them, no game can be technically conducted and concluded.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticslast_img read more

Virender Sehwag, PT Usha named in committee to pick Khel Ratna, Arjuna awardees

first_imgFormer Indian opener Virender Sehwag and former sprint queen P.T. Usha have been named in the 12-member committee to pick this year’s Khel Ratna and Arjuna awardees.The committee, headed by Justice (retd) C K Thakkar, will meet on August 3 to select this year’s awardees.The other members of the committee are Mukund Killekar (boxing), Sunil Dabbas (Kabaddi), M R Mishra (Journalist), S Kannan (Journalist), Sanjeev Kumar (Journalist), Latha Madhvi (Para athlete), Anil Khanna (sports administrator), Injeti Srinivas (DG, SAI) and Rajvir Singh (joint Secretary, Sports Ministry).Meanwhile, former shuttler and current national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani have been named in committee to pick Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awardees.The Arjuna Awards are given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, government of India to recognize outstanding achievement in National sports. Instituted in 1961, the award carries a cash prize of Rs. 5,00,000, a bronze statue of Arjuna and a scroll.last_img read more

Lukaku not focusing on Golden Boot

first_imgWorld Cup Lukaku not focusing on World Cup Golden Boot after Belgium brace Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 03:08 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lukaku-Cropped Getty Images World Cup Belgium Romelu Lukaku Belgium v Panama Panama The Red Devils earned a 3-0 opening win at the World Cup thanks in part to the Manchester United striker, but he is not looking for personal accolades Romelu Lukaku is not focusing on potentially winning the World Cup Golden Boot despite his double in Belgium’s opening 3-0 win over Panama.Belgium struggled for fluency in the first half of the Group G encounter with the tournament debutants in Sochi.However, a stunning Dries Mertens strike put them ahead before Lukaku’s brace left the result beyond doubt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The Manchester United forward is one goal behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain, in the Golden Boot race, but Lukaku is not prioritising personal accolades.He told a media conference: “I’m not thinking in personal terms, the most important thing is the team. I want to help and assist my team-mates as much as possible.”People know I am supposed to score, but also the other members of the team. The most important thing is to win matches, work hard in training and be in top shape for the rest of the World Cup.”It was important to start well and winning the game is the most important thing, not individual performances. As a team we know we have a lot of qualities, we have a lot of players who can make the difference. We were ready today and we have to be ready for the next game.”I can play in different ways and styles. The last matches with the national team were games of a lower level and for me it’s important to have the right line in the box and follow that strategy. Usually I am in the right position at the right time.”last_img read more

State of Origin Day One Wrap-Up

first_imgRelated LinksState of Origin game one By BEN HARRISNew South Wales might have won eight of the 13 divisions last night in game one of the State of Origin series at Port Macquarie but Queensland were the ones left cheering after drawing first blood in the two big matches – Men’s and women’s Open.The Maroons held their nerve in the Women’s match to win 5-3 while in the Men’s, Queensland won in a very exciting drop-off, 7-6.It was a moral victory for Queensland as they now sit in the box seat to take out the prized divisions of the series.How can New South Wales bounce back from last night’s two losses? By lunchtime we will find out.The Blues got in the Mixed Open despite defence being optional for both sides.The 13-11 result was the highest scoring match in State of Origin history for the division.New South Wales coach Wade Jenkins said it was a “tit-for-tat match” but his team needed to do a lot more work for games two and three.New South Wales took out both the Men’s and Women’s 20’s 9-6 and 6-1 respectively.A final second touchdown to Nathan Martin secured an 11-10 victory for the Blues in the Men’s 30s.However, Queensland got their revenge in the Women’s 30s with a 5-4 win in drop-off.The Women’s 35’s also went to a drop-off and once again the Maroons prevailed 5-4.New South Wales comfortably won the Men’s 35’s 10-6.The Blues took out the Men’s and Women’s 40’s – 8-5 and 6-3 respectively – and won the Men’s 45’s 4-2.Queensland took out the Men’s 50’s in a close one, 3-2.Game two of the SOO will commence at 9.50amPLAY OF THE DAY:Not much of a Play of the Day, more like the Plays of the Day.It was hard to ignore the three drop-off victories by Queensland in the women’s 30s, 35s and the Men’s Open. Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

13 days agoEx-Leicester winger Piper: Rodgers not making most of Maddison

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Leicester winger Piper: Rodgers not making most of Maddisonby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City winger Matt Piper says manager Brendan Rodgers isn’t making the most of James Maddison.Piper, who turned out 16 times for boyhood club Leicester between 2000 and 2002, has been disappointed not to see England boss Gareth Southgate give Maddison a regular role in the Three Lions midfield, but has criticised Rodgers’ decision to force the ex-Norwich man out wide.”Maddison has been Leicester’s main man this season,” he told Love Sport Radio.”He’s got a big future ahead of him, Maddison. He can become a top, top player.”He’s at his best as a number ten. He’s been played out on the left this season, but that isn’t how to use him.”He’s two footed, he’s incredibly creative, and he’s super talented. People ask whether he’s arrogant, but I think it’s just ultimate confidence in his ability, and he makes things happen.” last_img read more

Are SixMan Rotations Ever Worth It

Noah Syndergaard, the New York Mets’ phenomenal young starting pitcher, throws 99 mph fastballs and hits home runs to straight center field. Dillon Gee, the guy Syndergaard replaced in the rotation in May, does not do those things. After a trip to the disabled list, Gee is back, but the Mets couldn’t just send a rookie nicknamed Thor back down to the minors. They also couldn’t keep Gee, a perfectly solid back-of-the-rotation pitcher, there either.So, flush with pitching talent, the Mets are trying something novel: They are deploying a six-man rotation. It might just be a brilliant way to safeguard the health of their pitchers.Earlier this year, sabermetrician Russell Carleton wrote that six-man rotations offer few obvious benefits in terms of pitching performance: The extra day of rest doesn’t seem to increase pitcher strikeout rates or reduce walk rates. And, because the extra man entails splitting up the workload among a larger group of people, it tends to dilute the effect of truly great starting pitchers. Over a full season, a six-man rotation results in about 30-50 fewer innings per starter. For a top-heavy Mets rotation that can send Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard to the mound, reducing their workload appears costly and counterintuitive.1Carleton estimates a team’s cost of this reduced workload, for an average No. 1 starter, at about 1.6 wins (and Harvey might be better than an average No. 1 starter).If there is a potential benefit of a six-man rotation, then, it must be its health effects. And the Mets could use some preventive medicine. As others have noted, the number of pitchers with elbow injuries has spiked.2Even so, the epidemic is not as bad as it seems. The injury concern goes double for the Mets, whose rotation relies on a recently recovered Harvey, 42-year-old Bartolo Colón and fresh-off-the-DL Gee. (The Mets also saw another young pitcher, Zack Wheeler, undergo Tommy John surgery this year.) Since the greatest predictor of future pitcher injury is previous injury, the Mets are in a precarious position.Previous attempts to figure out whether six-man rotations help pitchers’ health haven’t suggested much of a connection. When Carleton did it, he couldn’t find any benefit, but he looked over a long timeframe (going all the way to the 1950s). Because we have detailed injury data going back only about 10 years, Carleton had to use a model that incorporated both injuries and other factors that might remove a pitcher from the rotation (such as poor performance). Accordingly, Carleton found only a modest effect on injury probability for starters going on three days’ rest, and only in the past couple of decades.On the other hand, Eno Sarris pointed out that six-man rotations are standard in Japan’s highest professional league, and the rate of Tommy John surgeries is much lower there. This lower rate exists despite a similarly abusive3Or perhaps even worse than abusive schedule for young pitchers. Furthering Sarris’s point, Yu Darvish, the Texas Rangers ace and recent victim of elbow surgery, argued that such a change might reduce wear and tear on the arm. Nevertheless, there are many distinctions between Japanese professional baseball and MLB, and it’s hard to confidently pin the responsibility for fewer injuries on the rotation strategy alone.I took a more direct look, using injury information accrued by Baseball Prospectus (specifically, Corey Dawkins) from 2006 through 2014. Over this period, starting pitchers have been primarily used in a five-man rotation, usually getting 4.2 to 4.5 days of rest, on average, over the course of a year. As a result, we need to look at individual pitcher outings to see some evidence of an injury-prevention effect. By linking the injury data with the time between starts of every pitcher,4Using data from Retrosheet we can get an idea about whether a six-man rotation would help reduce injury risk.I found that there is a strong link between rest and injury rates. Looking at starts on three days of rest, 1.7 percent of pitchers suffered a reported injury within the next two weeks.5These results hold for time windows going out to about 60 days, after which the correlation between rest and injury rates trails off. At four days of rest, the typical amount in the modern age, that number drops precipitously to 1.0 percent. (Maybe that helps explain why the five-man rotation came to be.) Then the injury risk falls even further: at five days of rest — which would be standard for a six-man rotation — just 0.8 percent of pitchers are injured in the next 14 days, for a 20 percent decrease compared with four days of rest. That is a potentially meaningful drop in injury risk.6The difference in injury probability over two weeks hovers right at the edge of statistical significance (p=.06, using a two-tailed Fisher’s exact test), partially because the probability of an injury occurring over any two-week span is quite low. If you extend the test to consider longer time windows (such as 21 days), the p-value drops below .05.Despite the drop in injury risk, when injuries were suffered, they were no more severe for pitchers operating on short rest. On either four or five days’ rest, pitchers lost a median of about 21 days of time.7There were too few injuries after three days’ rest to make any comparison meaningful. So more rest may prevent injuries, but injuries on shorter rest are no worse when they do happen.There are still potential issues of correlation and causation. Managers might change usage patterns for pitchers depending on their injury risks. Alternatively, injury risk could be correlated with some other factor that dictates usage patterns. Furthermore, though the additional day of rest seems to reduce short-term injury risk, there’s no guarantee that it would work as well in the long term — perhaps more rest merely delays the inevitable.8You might expect this scenario if pitcher injury results primarily from the progressive buildup of damage in the ligaments of the arm. If that’s the case, you can delay the date of injury by reducing the frequency of starts and the workload, but you can’t really prevent it from happening.Even if you accept that longer rest periods lead to fewer injuries, it’s difficult to come to any hard and fast conclusions regarding the optimal strategy. Although it appears that starting with more rest is correlated with a lower injury probability, the benefit that might be gained will be different for every team and every rotation. Top-heavy rotations that deploy a Cy Young candidate will suffer from seeing their excellent pitcher throw fewer innings, but at the same time, they may be guarding against that pitcher’s suffering an untimely injury (at least in the short term).This is the situation in which the Mets find themselves. With Harvey anchored as a dominant starter who’s also recovering from a dangerous injury, the reward (potentially reducing his risk of relapse) could outweigh the risk (losing some of his innings in the near term). And, as noted above, Harvey is not the only injury risk on the staff.Regardless of whether the six-man rotation is a good idea for other teams, it seems to fit the Mets and their injury-prone rotation. The question now becomes whether their slick strategy will come to cost them a win or two, as Harvey or Syndergaard gives way to the less-talented Gee. Perched on the edge of playoff contention this year, but with a still-brighter future ahead, the Mets must carefully balance the reduced risk of injury with the possibility of a surprise October run. read more

How Pervasive Is Homophobia In US Sports

A new study estimates that 83 percent of gay male youth athletes in the United States are keeping their sexual orientation hidden from some or all of their teammates. Lesbian athletes in the same age group (under 22 years old) were more willing to be public about it — 63 percent said they were hiding their orientation.The reason for the secrecy — even in an age when polls show that acceptance has been increasing — is often fear. Nearly half of gay men and 44 percent of lesbians around the world who kept their sexual orientation hidden said they did so in order not to be bullied. In addition, fear of discrimination from coaches or officials was mentioned by 32 percent of gay men and 28 percent of lesbians.The survey found that 80 percent of the respondents, both gay and heterosexual, had witnessed or experienced homophobia in sports.Titled “Out On The Fields,” the report was based on a survey of nearly 9,500 gay, bisexual and heterosexual people and claims to be the largest-ever study on homophobia in sports. (The questions only related to sexual orientation, not gender identity, so the study offers no information about transgender athletes.)After publicizing the anonymous online questionnaire through various media outlets,1 They included Outsports, Gay News Network, Star Observer, Same Same, Fairfax Media, The Guardian, ESPN, EILE Magazine Ireland, Gay NZ, GayStar News, Daily Xtra and Pink News UK. the researchers received answers from several English-speaking countries. The highest numbers of responses came from Australia (3,006), the United States (2,064), the United Kingdom (1,796), Canada (1,123), New Zealand (631) and Ireland (501).The United States received the lowest overall “inclusion score” of all the countries analyzed, with a high number of respondents saying the U.S. was not accepting of gay athletes. (Though because of the small sample sizes for respondents from New Zealand and Ireland, it isn’t necessarily fair to say that the U.S. ranks worst.)In a phone interview, the survey’s lead author, Erik Denison, said attitudes about privacy among athletes are often related to the perception of homophobia in sports.“I made that decision myself when I kept in the closet,” he said. “Implicitly it is about discrimination, though. The straight men can talk openly in conversations about what you did at the weekend, the women they met. If you’re gay though, you either have to make up stories or be excluded. It’s not the same.”The large scale of the survey, though, doesn’t mean that it is the definitive word on homophobia in sports. Even in countries that had a high number of respondents, it can be difficult to tease out more detailed trends because the subgroups are far too small. Responses were split into youth and adult sports (i.e. under age 22 and over age 22) but also broken out by sports played and the sexual orientation of the respondents.What’s more, not everyone even said they played sports — among U.S. respondents, for example, 81 percent of gay women and 75 percent of gay men said they participated in youth sports, while 63 percent of gay women and 42 percent of gay men said they participated in adult sports. As a result, the finding that 83 percent of gay male youth athletes keep their sexuality hidden from teammates is based on just 114 individuals.Denison and his co-author, Alistair Kitchen, both members of Australia’s first gay rugby team, said they were are aware of those limitations. Their international approach was partly informed by the fact that past smaller-scale studies on homophobia in sport have been dismissed for being too limited in scope. The final methodology and findings were reviewed by seven academic experts prior to publication.Overall, these results should be treated as estimates in an under-researched area filled with speculation, rather than definitive numbers about gay athletes.Gay respondents were more likely than heterosexual ones to say that homophobia was more common in team sporting environments than in general society. But LGB athletes also related positive reactions to revealing their orientation to their teammates. In its write-up of the report, the gay sports site Outsports.com acknowledged many of the issues cited by respondents but added that “people in sports behave very differently when an athlete actually comes out,” often welcoming the LGB athlete and apologizing for language used in the past.Denison also described what he called “the snowball effect” — the notion that the more LGB athletes there are who are open about their sexual orientation, the more accepted gay athletes will become in sports. As evidence for that, Denison pointed to the higher share of lesbian athletes in the U.S. who are open about their sexuality with their teammates and the fact that lesbian athletes around the world are more likely to say teams offer them a “supportive and safe environment.”Because of their visibility, LGB professional athletes are likely more influential than amateurs in getting the snowball effect rolling, but few seem comfortable speaking publicly. The survey allowed respondents to submit detailed stories about themselves — around 1,600 did so. Denison said that about three dozen of those who provided narrative accounts were professional athletes, including at least two on their respective countries’ national teams.Last year, after the professional football player Michael Sam told ESPN and The New York Times that he is gay, he said he received messages from many fellow athletes who “had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out.”So far, Sam’s decision has not created a snowball effect in the U.S. — partly because there will need to be other outspoken gay athletes before the sport reaches what Denison describes as “a critical mass.” read more

No charges filed against former OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott after domestic

Then-OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs with the ball to the end zone during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Columbus City Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it will not be pursuing domestic violence charges against former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. The news was first reported by Drew Davison, a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.On July 22, Elliott was accused of domestic violence by a woman alleging to be an ex-girlfriend. The woman, Tiffany Thompson, claimed Elliott had struck her multiple times while in a parked car. Thompson posted pictures on Instagram of her bruises. According to a press release from the prosecutor’s office, Thompson claimed instances of domestic violence on five separate occasions during an interview with the Columbus Division of Police.Elliott was never arrested for the allegations, and the investigation hit a stalemate after conflicting reports and a lack of evidence.The prosecutor’s office declined to press charges “primarily due to conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents resulting in concern regarding the sufficiency of the evidence to support the filing of criminal charges,” the release said. read more